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Clean-up efforts held across the county for Earth Day

Earth Day was celebrated across the county Tuesday with something as simple as a nature hike, to school projects and events, to the simple act of picking up garbage.

No plea deal for man accused in shooting death


Any chance for a last-minute plea deal appeared to close Wednesday for Round Lake Park resident Jose Rebollar-Vergara, who is scheduled to go on trial Monday for the shooting death of Gabriel Gonazalez, 19, of Zion.

Investigators describe 1994 murder scene at trial


Crime scene investigators took the stand Wednesday morning in the murder trial of Hezekiah Whitfield, describing graphic evidence of the murder scene inside a Waukegan store where business owner Fred Reckling was bludgeoned to death during a robbery the night of Dec. 8, 1994.

Girl-Wise Conference will empower teens with knowledge

Girl-Wise, a daylong free conference for all girls attending junior high or high schools throughout Lake County, will take place Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the College of Lake County’s Grayslake Campus.

Seven residents named to new North Chicago Citizen’s Advisory Committee

With an eye toward strengthening the relationship between the North Chicago Police Department and the residents it serves, North Chicago Mayor Leon Rockingham unveiled the names of seven residents who will serve as inaugural members of the newly formed Citizen’s Advisory Committee.

Talk of the County

What about Winchester? I read the article in the News-Sun regarding the new palace, or the new courthouse, for the judges, lawyers, and criminals will be finished by mid 2015. The new Winchester House was supposed to be finished in 2012. Where’s the new Winchester House deal at?

Sente, Nekritz pressed on pension crisis at town hall meeting


State pension reform proved the hot topic when two local legislators and Buffalo Grove’s village president got together last week for a town hall meeting.

Jail inmate who killed himself had ‘dozens’ of cuts on body


A Lake County Jail inmate who hanged himself on Friday had cuts, likely from a razor, all over his body — some as recent as one to three days before his death — according to autopsy results released this week, raising questions about why sheriff’s officials did not find him to be a risk to himself prior to his suicide.

Prosecutors claim DNA samples tie man to murder


DNA samples of blood taken from Fred Reckling’s stolen Lincoln Town Car match the Chicago man charged with the Waukegan business owner’s murder, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday as the trial of Hezekiah Whitfield got underway.

Crime Stoppers seek fugitive accused of burglary


Lake County Crime Stoppers and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office/Warrants Division are seeking the public’s help in learning the whereabouts of Tarquin C. Saunders.

Talk of the County

Welcome in my neighborhood: Jerry Hobbs and Juan Rivera are welcome to live in my neighborhood and I’m sure other people with brains would welcome them, too.

Mundelein High School to host event for first-generation college students

Mundelein High School is continuing its push to help first generation college students. The school will host a “Taste of College” informational forum from 5:45 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23.

Man sentenced to 30 months probation for sex assault


A former North Chicago man charged with sexually assaulting two students at Lake Forest High School, where he worked with drama students, was sentenced to 30 months of felony probation under a plea deal approved Tuesday.

Judge refuses plea deal in case of sex abuse of a minor


A Lake County Circuit Court judge refused to approve a plea deal presented Tuesday for a 75-year-old Lake Villa man charged with the aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a minor.

Dog-killer sentenced to 3 1/2 years for ‘horrific crime’


Following an emotional hearing on Martin Keller’s anger-fueled killing of a dog in Lake Villa, the Kenosha, Wis., man was sentenced to three and a half years in prison Tuesday for animal torture under a plea deal accepted by a Lake County Circuit Court judge.

All lanes of Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville to close May 2


Milwaukee Avenue traffic will take a big hit on May 2 when all lanes of traffic will be closed for emergency repair work on the railroad crossing in downtown Libertyville.